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Mass Extinction During The Pangea Integration
2013-11-04 03:21:57

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The integration of Pangea that began during the early Permian period may have caused the environment to deteriorate, playing a role in the mass extinction event that occurred 250 million years ago, according to research appearing in the most recent edition of the journal Science China Earth Sciences. In the study, co-authors, professor Yin Hongfu and Dr. Song Haijun of the State Key Laboratory of Geobiology and Environmental...

Dwarfism In Mammals Also Occurred During Second Warming Period
2013-11-03 05:03:03

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While scientists have known for several years that some mammals became smaller during a period of warming known as the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), researchers from the University of Michigan have found a second instance of mammalian “dwarfing” attributable to increasing temperatures. During the PETM, which occurred approximately 55 million years ago, mammals such as primates and groups that include deer and horses...

Ancient Skull Of Human Ancestor Implies All Homo Species Were One
2013-10-18 06:36:29

[ Watch the Video: Ancient Homo Species Were Merely Variations On A Theme ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online An analysis of a 1.8 million-year-old human skull suggests that the earliest members of our Homo genus actually belonged to a single species, a finding that contradics previous beliefs that there were several different human species walking the Earth during that time. The fossil, which was unearthed in Dmanisi, Georgia, is the first complete skull of an...

Evidence Suggests Recycling May Have Started With Early Hominids
2013-10-12 08:28:18

[ Watch the Video: Recycling Was In For Early Man ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports – Your Universe Online Despite the general perception that recycling is a fairly modern phenomenon, there is growing evidence it dates back to the days of the early hominids, researchers said this week during a four-day conference at Tel Aviv University in Israel. “For the first time we are revealing the extent of this phenomenon, both in terms of the amount of recycling that went on and the...

Mammal Diversity Faltered When Flowering Plants Arrived
2013-10-02 16:02:24

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As mammals were trying to emerge from the shadows of dinosaurs 100 million years ago, there was a dramatic proliferation of flowering plant species. However, instead of early mammals benefiting from new food and shelter opportunities that would have been provided by the plants, they experienced a decline during the mid-Cretaceous. Using a morphological analysis, two researchers were able to provide these new insights about mammalian...

No Single Factor Behind Cambrian Explosion Of Animal Life
2013-09-20 07:58:01

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from the UK reveals that the explosion of animal life on Earth that occurred around 520 million years ago was the result of a combination of interlinked factors, rather than a single underlying cause. Over the past few decades, dozens of individual theories have been put forth for the rapid diversification of animal species in the early Cambrian period. The new study, published in Science, suggests a more holistic...

Red Meat-Eating Neanderthals May Have Also Been Fish Eaters
2013-09-17 14:22:52

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists have theorized that the reason Homo sapiens were able to out-compete Neanderthals was because they embraced a more diverse diet. However, new evidence being presented by a group of European scientists indicates that Neanderthal menus may have been more diverse than previously thought. According to a study published recently in the journal Quaternary International, salmon bones found in a cave in the Caucasus Mountains were...

Researchers Unearth Ape Skull In Yunnan Province, China
2013-09-06 14:10:41

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers working at Shuitangba, a site in Yunnan Province, China, announced the discovery of a fossilized ape cranium that is highly unique due to the fact that it comes from a juvenile of the species and at a time when apes had become extinct in most of Eurasia. "The fossils recovered from Shuitangba constitute one of the most important collections of late Miocene fossils brought to light in recent decades because they represent a...

Earliest Known Scorpion Fossil Discovered In South Africa
2013-09-03 12:41:53

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists publishing a study in the journal African Invertebrate say they have discovered a 350-million-year-old fossilized scorpion. The specimen, discovered in rocks from the Devonian Witteberg Group near Grahamstown, is a new species of scorpion called Gondwanascorpio emzantsiensis. Dr Robert Gess, from the Evolutionary Studies Institute at Wits University, discovered the specimen, which is said to be the oldest known land-living...

End-Permian Mass Extinction Paved Way For Modern Mammals
2013-08-28 16:19:55

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Mass extinction certainly sounds like it would be the end of the line, and perhaps even evokes images of the end of the world. However, new research conducted by the University of Lincoln, the National Museum in Bloemfontein, South Africa, and the University of Bristol suggests that the end can also be the beginning. This research, which was published this month in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, noted that the ancient closest...


Latest Phanerozoic Reference Libraries

Mapinguari
2014-04-22 13:41:18

Mapinguari The mapinguari or mapinguary is an ape-like cryptid said to inhabit the Amazon rainforests of Brazil and Bolivia. It is also known as the Isnashi. Several attempts to find physical evidence that the creature exists have been conducted. Samples have been gathered, but when analyzed it was found to be from known animals and some of the castings of tracks were inconclusive. Native folklore has described the creature as having only one eye, long claws, backward feet, a...

Palaeovespa
2014-04-18 16:08:43

Palaeovespa is a genus of wasps that holds seven species, all of which are extinct. Two of the species were discovered in Baltic amber deposits from Europe dating back to the middle Eocene era, while the other five were found in Florissant Formation amber from the Priabonian stage era in Colorado in the United States. This genus, and four of its species, was first described in 1906 by Dr. Theodore Cockerell in the Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology. Cockerell described all but one...

Australopithecus africanus
2013-11-29 10:55:07

Australopithecus africanus was an early hominid, an australopithecine that lived between roughly 3.03 and 2.04 million years ago in the later Pliocene and early Pleistocene. Au. africanus was of slender build and was thought to have been a direct ancestor of modern humans. Fossil remains signify that Au. africanus was considerably more like modern humans that Au. afarensis, with a more human-like cranium permitting a larger brain and more humanoid facial features. This hominid has only been...

Thescelosaurus
2013-04-28 18:48:11

Thescelosaurus, meaning “godlike”, “wondrous”, or “marvelous” and “lizard” was a genus of small ornithopod dinosaur that appeared at the very end of the Late Cretaceous period in North America. It was a member of the last dinosaurian fauna before the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event around 65.5 million years ago. The completeness and preservation of many of its specimens illustrate that it might have preferred to live near streams. This bipedal ornithopod is known from...

Daspletosaurus
2013-04-28 18:27:18

Daspletosaurus, meaning “frightful lizard” is a genus of tyrannosaurid theropod dinosaur that resided in western North America between 77 and 74 million years ago, during the Late Cretaceous Period. Fossils of the only named species were found in Alberta, although other possible species from Alberta and Montana wait for description. Daspletosaurus is closely related to the much larger and more current Tyrannosaurus. Like most of the known tyrannosaurids, it was a multi-ton bipedal...

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